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Delta already needs doctors

  The national physician-to-patient ratio average is four to 10,000. In the Mississippi Delta, it’s one per 10,000. “We have a huge access-to-care problem,” said Karen Fox, president and CEO of the Delta Health Alliance (DHA), an organization created to address critical healthcare and wellness gaps in the Mississippi Delta. Fox said the alliance is in the process of researching ...

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Will 21% cut to Medicare reimbursements get repealed?

In addition to speculating about federal healthcare reform implementation, physicians are also wondering when Congress will provide an answer regarding an additional 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursements that went into effect April 1. Healthcare providers believe the cut will increasingly compromise healthcare access for Medicare patients, as doctors who serve those patients are taking a big hit to their ...

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Jackson hospitals: UMMC should not be exempt from Certificate of Need law

Seven Jackson area hospitals are urging the attorney general to withdraw its February opinion exempting University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) from state Certificate of Need (CON) law. CON approval is required for the purchase of major medical equipment and hospital expansions.  The CON process is designed to help ensure the economic stability of community hospitals and long-term nursing care ...

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Expert: Prepare for health reform changes now

Post-reform financial outlook is grim   No implementation details are yet available for federal healthcare reform, but most healthcare providers feel sure about one thing: From a financial standpoint, the changes don’t look good.  Healthcare providers cannot do business as usual, said David Williams, a partner at HORNE LLP, a CPA and business advisory firm. Healthcare providers must anticipate “delivery ...

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MDEQ to direct new lead-safe program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has received authorization to administer and enforce the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead Renovation Program. Mississippi’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (RRP) will be managed by MDEQ’s Air Division. The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program mandates that contractors, property managers and others working for compensation in homes ...

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Johnson Construction wins hospital projects

BRANDON — Johnson Construction has recently been awarded three construction contracts for various projects at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The first is a $3.3-million contract for the 14,000-square-foot renovation of the Adult Short Stay Surgical Suites. Johnson Construction was also awarded a $4.6-million contract regarding the pediatric emergency department. The newly renovated and expanded Pediatric ICU and Emergency ...

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Pharmacists voice opposition to proposed plan

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) strongly opposing Mississippi’s plan to reduce pharmacy reimbursements by 15 percent for the remainder of this fiscal year. The approval is required by the federal government in its partnership with states to provide health care services to economically ...

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Johnson Construction awarded hospital contracts

BRANDON — Johnson Construction has recently been awarded three construction contracts for various projects at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The first is a $3.3-million contract for the 14,000-square-foot renovation of the Adult Short Stay Surgical Suites. Johnson Construction was also awarded a $4.6-million contract regarding the pediatric emergency department. The newly renovated and expanded Pediatric ICU and Emergency ...

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State may expand nurse practitioners' authority

JACKSON — With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states, including Mississippi, are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor’s watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called “doctor.” For years, nurse practitioners have been playing ...

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Healthcare lawsuit could be filed next month

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour says it will probably be mid-May when he joins a multi-state lawsuit challenging a federal health care overhaul. More than a dozen other states have already joined the federal suit filed by Florida. Republican Barbour originally asked Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood to represent Mississippi. Hood said April 9 that Barbour could hire a private ...

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